Newsletter No. 415

Photos of Dr. Ella P.O. Chan in this issue by Keith Hiro 陈宝安博士 香港中文大学 专业进修学院院长 你做过教育、辅导和行政等工作,其间又不断进 修,取得硕士和博士学位。工作家庭进修兼顾,有 何窍门? 这正是我的论文题目呢。我做事非常专注,这有利于管理 时间,所以不常需要把工作带回家。我也学会尽量有效的 管理自己的情绪,真的不行了,不会死撑,会先让自己停下 来安静反思。中大环境这么优美,到外边去散步十来分 钟,回来后往往发现更有力量处理及面对挑战。我的信仰 让我懂得信任交托,接纳自己的不足,主动寻求同事或家 人的支持。我家有定期聚会,各人谈谈近况,给自己打分 数,说说未来计划,可以获得很多支持及力量。最近一次分 享是在圣诞假期中,我与家人分享:转换了新的工作环境, 万事都要虚心的学习,但我会积极面对,尽力而为。 为专业进修学院策划了什么发展大计? 第一年是整固期,我会致力了解学院立足所据。所谓「大 计」仍在酝酿中,大方向是建立可持续的优质终身教育品 牌,为此,学院必须先有更明确的质素保证机制,更清晰的 问责意识,然后再一起订定发展策略。我会依次为教学人 员、行政管理层和基层员工在退修会中交流,聆听同事的 心声,培养团结的精神,一起成长。 学院以哪些课程最为优胜? 学院向以人文艺术文化课程着称,还有其他如纪律部队及 保安管理、医疗保健、营养学等课程也颇有代表性。语文 方面,日语和韩语都非常受欢迎。我们的韩语课程是唯一 在香港得到韩国官方机构世宗学堂认可的,现已由短期课 程办至高级文凭,最近更希望加进商科元素,开办韩语与 商学课程,发展至机构培训。此外,我亦计划与专业学会 合办辅导及特殊教育的进修课程,适时回应社会需求。 学院在深圳的发展怎样? 深圳是人才的集散地,对持续教育大有需求。两地对教育 的期望有点差异,那儿有各式各样私营的持续教育机构, 收费廉宜,学员喜欢速达,而且要清楚知道修毕课程后所 达到的资历水平。我们的收费相对不廉宜,资历暂时只能 与香港挂钩,所以如何推广学历课程至今还在探索中。去 年10月我们在中文大学深圳研究院的转业进修中心开始启 用,早在9月起已举办一系列多元化的免费进修增值讲座, 好像杰出领袖元素、全球化与中国现代化,还有青少年生 涯规画、企业人员国际礼仪形象等,打算试行两年,加深当 地对持续教育的认知。长远而言,香港的师资及教育理念 在内地仍有吸引的地方。学院期盼能配合大学深圳分校的 发展再作进一步的计划。 持续教育除了辅助事业发展还有什么功能? 终身学习与事业发展不可分割,香港人尤其现实,紧张考 核和资历认可。持续教育除了有助事业发展,还能扩阔视 野和提升生活质素。例如有长者参加「生态旅游」课程,四 周去观鸟、看蜻蜓、蝴蝶,他并不需要一张证书来求职,但 他的见识广了,朋友网络大了,生活丰盛了,情感上不需要 过分依赖后辈,他和家人也因此而更快乐。我最希望学员 多点享受学习的过程,开拓自我实现的空间。 公余有何兴趣? 我的兴趣很多,仍在不断发掘及培养新的兴趣。我喜欢看 书,小说、化妆、旅游、时装、食疗……,样样都看一点。最 近我买了一本教人怎样打围巾的的书,依样画葫芦,果真打 出漂亮的样式来呢。这些杂样知识有时也带来开办新课程 的灵感呢! Over these years, you have earned you master’s and doctoral degrees while working in the fields of education, counselling and administration. What tricks do you have in juggling work, family and study? That’s exactly the theme of my thesis. Well, I’m a highly focused person which is good for time management. I seldom need to bring my work home. I have learnt how to manage my emotions effectively. I won’t force myself to take on anything beyond my capacity. Sometimes I would take a short break. A 10-minute stroll on the beautiful campus will empower me to face the challenge back in the office. My religion also teaches me how to commit myself unto God, to accept my inadequacy and humbly seek help from colleagues and family. We have regular family meetings at home for everyone to review what they have been doing and to talk about their plans. I gain tremendous support and strength from that. In a recent sharing session during Christmas, I told my family I had to learn everything anew in the new environment, but I would take it positively and try my best. What plans do you have for the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCS)? My first year here will be for consolidation. I will start with a thorough understanding of where the school stands. The ultimate goal is to brand SCS as the provider of quality sustainable lifelong education. Towards this end, the school must install a robust quality assurance mechanism and cultivate better awareness of accountability and responsibility before indentifying development strategies or any ‘big plans’. I will organize retreats for academic, administrative and minor staff in turn to exchange views with them, listen to them and build team spirit. What are the flagship programmes of SCS? We are renowned for our art and cultural programmes. Others such as disciplinary forces and security management, medicine and health care, and nutrition are also unique. Both our Japanese and Korean courses are outstanding. Our Korean language courses, up to the high diploma level, are the only ones in Hong Kong endorsed officially by the Korean King Sejong Institute. We may offer a new course in business Korean for corporate training. To promptly answer the needs of society, I also plan to co-organize guidance and special education programmes with professional bodies. How is the school’s development in Shenzhen? There is a huge demand for continuing education in a place like Shenzhen where people of different talents come and go. Hong Kong and Shenzhen differ in their expectations of education. There are various private continuing education organizations charging very low fees. People there look for fast track qualification upgrade. Unfortunately, we are more expensive and can only offer qualifications accredited in Hong Kong. So we need to explore how to promote our award-bearing programmes. The Continuing and Professional Education Centre at the Shenzhen Research Institute opened in October 2012. It started to give free talks in September on leadership, globalization and modernization in China, career planning for adolescents, and international protocol and etiquette for corporate staff, etc. We aim at enhancing the locals’ understanding of continuing education through these talks within two years. In the long run, we will leverage on two Hong Kong factors which are still attractive on the mainland—quality of teachers and ideology of education. In our further planning, SCS also hopes to complement the development of the University’s Shenzhen Campus. What other roles can continuing education play, other than aiding career development? Lifelong education is closely tied to career development. People in Hong Kong are practical. Assessment and qualifications are their prime concerns, but that is not what continuing education is all about. It can make you see more, live better. Look at the seniors who enrolled on ecology tourism. They set out to watch the birds, dragonflies and butterflies. Do they need a certificate to look for jobs? No. But their exposure is widened, their networks expanded and lives enriched. They don’t have to be emotionally over-dependent on their next generation and that makes them and their families happier. I sincerely hope that course participants will enjoy the process of learning more, and embark on a journey of self-actualization. What do you like to do after work? I have a lot of interests, and am still identifying and developing new ones. I like to read fiction, books on makeup, fashion, food therapy—a bit of everything. I just bought a book on scarf tying. And it works beautifully. Assorted knowledge sometimes gives me inspiration for new courses. 请扫描QR码阅读全文版 Scan the QR code for the full version Dr. Ella P.O. Chan Director, School of Continuing and Professional Studies 10 No. 415, 4.4.2013

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